Al Jazeera.com: Canada to apologise for historical LGBT ‘purge’. Canada will apologise to members of the LGBT community for a historical government policy that systematically “purged” thousands of people from the public service, police and military on the basis of their sexual orientation. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will deliver the apology in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon. The government is also expected to unveil details of an agreement in principle that was reached over the weekend with claimants in a class-action lawsuit that alleged they were discriminated against by the policy, known as an LGBT “purge”.
Russia Today: Canada to pay staggering $113mn to victims of ‘gay purge’ – reports. The Canadian government will pay up to $113 million to members of the LGBTQ community who were purged from public sector jobs over the course of four decades, according to local media. It is considered the largest such payment by any state worldwide. The C$145 million (US$113.3 million) will go towards those who were cut from jobs in the federal public service, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and intelligence services, according to the news outlets. The newspaper claimed this will be “the largest financial commitment by any national government for past wrongs committed against sexual minorities.”
Reuters: Ending NAFTA would hurt growth, competitiveness of United States, Canada: report. Terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement would harm the U.S. and Canadian economies and reduce their competitiveness versus Asia and Europe, a report issued by the Bank of Montreal (BMO.TO) said on Monday. According to the report, “The Day After NAFTA,” a failure to renegotiate the trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico would lead to a 0.2 percent net reduction in real U.S. gross domestic product over the next five years, and a 1 percent decrease for Canada’s economy.
Bloomberg: Bank of Canada Sees Financial System Vulnerabilities Easing. The Bank of Canada is optimistic higher interest rates and regulatory efforts to rein in risky borrowing will make the country’s financial system more resilient, though the process could take time to unfold and the outcome remains uncertain. In its semi-annual financial stability report, Canada’s central bank painted a picture of a housing market where key steps have been taken to improve the quality of lending, particularly in the most expensive cities such as Toronto. At the same time, it warned risks remain elevated, particularly high household debt levels, and measures to rein in loans to the most highly indebted households will take time to work.
Deutsche Welle: We need ‘a new coalition of decency’ against populism. Canada’s former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and author John Ralston Saul are creating a global conversation on citizenship and diversity with their “6 Degrees” talks. They’re now bringing the project to Germany. Former Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson and author John Ralston Saul are the co-founders of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. The foundation hosts a series of talks called “6 Degrees Citizen Space,” which focus on citizenship and cultural diversity.
Narcity: Two Canadian provinces will be lost underwater In 100 years or less. Communities in British Columbia, including Richmond, Even the most parts of rural Abbotsford and Coquitlam, and the Deltas will be completely underwater by 2100, and this is according to conservative reports based on current changes to sea level. In more extreme estimations, nearly half of B.C. could be submerged in water by 2100 or sooner. Meanwhile, on the other side of Canada in the year 2100, much of New Brunswick’s major highway, the town of Sackville, and its Tantramar Marsh will be permanently underwater. By Gabriella Iamundo.
Alghad – Jordan: Women in History – a Jordanian-Canadian joint celebration of women pioneers. Under the patronage of the Canadian embassy in Jordan, 12 women from both Jordan and Canada were selected and celebrated, as part of the Women in History Month. The selection was based on the impact these women pioneers had on their societies and the change they made in their cultures. The event included panel discussions, streamed live on the embassy’s Facebook page, on women empowerment, art and culture, and the role of the media. The event took place in the Canadian embassy in Amman, and the opening speech was given by Peter MacDougall, Canada’s ambassador to Jordan.
Enferaad – Kuwait: Canada’s ambassador praises the role of social events in strengthening relations. The Canadian ambassador to Kuwait, Martine Moreau, expressed her pleasure working together with the Kuwait Times newspaper on arranging a drawing competition, which had about 12,000 students of more than 175 schools in Kuwait showcase their artistic talents. The competition, which Moreau described as an incredible diplomatic triumph achieved by the public, came as part of Canada’s celebrations of its 150th anniversary of confederation. To further cement bilateral relations between the two countries, Moreau revealed that a Canadian trade mission is preparing to visit Kuwait early next year to promote its medical services and equipment, in addition to participating in a foods and an education trade shows to take place next February. The competition’s concluding ceremony was attended by the Kuwaiti Minister of Education, Dr. Mohammad Al-Faris, as well as by diplomats and parents.
Dzair News – Algeria: Algeria seeks Canadian expertise in manufacturing and mining. The Algerian Minister of Energy and Mines, Youcef Yousfi, met and discussed with Canada’s Ambassador to Algeria, Patricia McCullagh, potential cooperation between the two countries in the manufacturing and mining sectors, including that of iron and steel, particularly in the activities in which Canadian entities possess experience and skills. Discussions included aspects of establishment and technical assistance to small and medium enterprises, especially those with capacity to export. Yousfi expressed his Ministry’s willingness to facilitate joint ventures with Canadian entities. On her part, McCullagh highlighted the importance her Government places on partnering with Algerian clients, in order to access markets in North Africa and other regions of the continent.
Agence Mauritanienne d’Information – Mauritania: Mauritania’s Ambassador to Canada presents his credentials. Ambassador Ba Uthman presented his diplomatic credentials to the Governor General of Canada, Julie Payette, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. After the official ceremony, Uthman presented to the Governor General areas and priorities of cooperation between the two countries, as well as the developments that Mauritania has witnessed in the recent past in its efforts to establish solid foundations for a constitutional state, especially those developments pertaining to security, democracy, freedoms, and justice. On her part, Payette expressed her appreciation of the immense efforts payed by the Mauritanian Government in combating violent extremism in the Sahel region.
Elnashra – Lebanon: Siniora meets Canada’s ambassador: Fouad Siniora, head of the Future Movement parliamentary bloc and former Prime Minister of Lebanon, met with the Canadian ambassador to Lebanon, Emmanuelle Lamoureux, and discussed current situations and bilateral relations between the two countries. Siniora also met with each of the ambassadors of Chile, Tunisia, and Morocco.